daveshoup2MD wrote: ↑28 Apr 2021 23:08Okay, but given the realities of which Axis power was dropping high explosive on the UK, it hardly seems remarkable to suggest that:
a) RM light infantry should be used as light infantry, not landing craft crew;
b) RN sailors should be used as landing craft crew for the period in which they were needed in the ETO - 1944 - and then transferred to the fleet for the Pacific Campaign in 1945.
After - at the latest - mid-to-late 1942, there was no IJN threat to the Indian Ocean. QED, the RN's focus for the counteroffensives of late 1942 onwards aimed at the defeat of Germany should have been the priority; that would have - along with ASW - meant amphibious warfare.
Organizing and training combat divisions for a continental campaign, and then disbanding them to provide replacements, while excellent infantry are assigned as sailors and excellent sailors are assigned to guard against an enemy that wasn't a threat at sea was a self-inflicted wound.
The RM had 9 Commando's by wars end, not counting the RM brigades. My understanding is that the landing craft crews and other RM personnel who went onto form the 116th and 117th RM Brigades were not previously trained RM infantry.
The Royal Navy did very well as regards allocation of recruits in the mid years of the war, adding nearly 150,000 men net to their total strength between March 1943 and March 1944 (which was more than double their March '41 strength). In the same period the British Army added just a net 52,000 to their overall strength.